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As we look forward to a beautiful and warm spring, thank you for giving our incarcerated neighbors a deep breath and space to grow. For five years we've been walking through prison gates every week. In prison yards south of Boston, our students work hard to cultivate mindfulness and job skills for the green economy. Join us in the garden!

State funding minimally touches the need for prison-based education. The need is vast. Together, we can transform prison yards into new ecosystems where incarcerated adults work shoulder-to-shoulder with professional horticulturists and practice skills for a life outside.  Our students need your clear-sighted compassion to build a bridge from prison to lives and livelihoods in Boston.

  • $100 brings a Green Industry Expert to the prison classroom

  • $250 delivers a load of compost into a prison garden to transform barren prison lawns into productive, diverse, working landscapes

  • $1,000 offers a year-round, 50-hour green industry training for 1 incarcerated student

  • $20,000 brings a greenhouse, garden and year-round vocational horticulture training to a local prison on our waiting list.

Our students' ambitions are great. Let's meet them in the garden.

With gratitude, 

Amirah + Andrew + Brandy + Chris + Erika + Erin + Hadas + Jamey + Jonna + Kristina + Leah + Lily + Lisa + Martha + Matt + Renée + Rob + Sarah


Give online or the old-fashioned way by mailing a check to:

The New Garden Society //  P.O. Box 301264//  Boston, MA 02130

a new team uniform!
To celebrate our growing team

Whenever we're out in the community- at festivals, conferences and lectures- we're selling these handsome shirts and sweatshirts. Wear your heart on your sleeve and support prison gardens at the same time! All our gear is printed in Dorchester and available in men's sizes S-XL. Hoodies and t-shirts feature TNGS' seal on the chest and 'Transforming Landscapes Transforming Lives' across the back. The New Garden Society's seal is a powerful symbol to wear out into the field featuring the native Juneberry and 'Thus I Flourish.'


Double or increase your impact by utilizing your employer's matching gift program. Hundreds of companies will double employee charitable gifts. Your employer may be one of them! Find out if your company has such a program by asking your Human Resources Department, browsing an alphabetical list of local and national companies with matching gift programs, or emailing us at

In-Kind Donations

Each spring and fall, generous farmers and gardeners across New England contribute thousands of dollars worth of plants, tools and supplies to The New Garden Society. As you divide perennials or clean out your barns and sheds this season, think of us. To make an in-kind donation, start by filling out this simple form2018 Wish List:

  • Seed garlic
  • Perennials
  • Soil amendments
  • Wood Chips
  • Cover crop seed (winter rye or oats)
  • Gift cards (to gas stations or garden centers)
  • Bagged potting soil
  • Plastic hand tools
  • Gardening books and magazines

Online Shopping

Support TNGS when shopping on Amazon, through AmazonSmile. With each eligible purchase, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your AmazonSmile purchases. Just remember, always start at You can find our organization by selecting New Garden Society, Ltd. Click here for more details.

A truckload of strawberries, sedum and other donated perennials heading into a prison yard south of Boston. 

A truckload of strawberries, sedum and other donated perennials heading into a prison yard south of Boston.